On Saturday, 14 January 2017 the Friends of Metropolitan Police launched their Historical Crime and Policing Exhibition , which runs from 14 January to Saturday 25 March 2017. Marion James and Barry Walsh of the Friends researched and gathered and now exhibit Police artefacts and historic documents, some of which have not been seen before.
The exhibition was launched by Glenn Chandler, playwright, screenwriter, novelist who perhaps is most famous for writing the TV series Taggart. Glenn also gave a talk and later signed copies of his book The Sins of Jack Saul. Attendees also had the opportunity to meet author Alan Moss, a retired Police Chief Superintendent, who served 30 years with the Metropolitan Police Service. Alan has written several books, including Scotland Yard’s History of Crime in 100 Objects and co wrote several other books.
In the afternoon Gary Ayton, retired Forensic Detective and current day international trainer in forensics gave a fascinating talk. Gary was a detective in the Metropolitan Police Service, New Scotland Yard from 1983 to retirement in 2014. He investigated major and serious crimes including Homicide, Terrorism, Fraud and Serious Sexual offences.
Plans are in place to launch a series of crime talks in February and March to support this exhibition and Havering Museum will welcome back Glenn, Alan and Gary in addition to several other crime writers.